Blade Runner Art

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These first two images are by French illustrator Moebius, from the scifi magazine Heavy Metal; their influence on Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and the burgeoning cyberpunk genre is obvious.

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This is story art from Syd Mead, Blade Runner’s “Visual Futurist”, which is a strange term for a story-boarder/concept artist/set-designer. Mead and Scott were both also influenced by Edward Hopper, which should be evident from this painting.

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It could be the poor quality of my copy of Marvel Comics “Blade Runner”, or it could just be that the art takes a severe kind of dip as we move from French science fiction magazine, to film storyboard, to film, to comic. Nonetheless the sprawling, Asian-influenced cyberpunk feel is preserved.

One thought on “Blade Runner Art

  1. Thanks for sharing this artwork. I especially like the Syd Mead piece and it is clear that it is influenced by Hopper. It also emphasizes the “Asian-influenced cyberpunk” style, as you describe, which is certainly displayed in the film, from the giant virtual ad of the Asian woman to Deckard eating sushi in the rain.

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